As you may recall (maybe you don’t), I was sky high on the Golden State Warriors this year,
in part because they started 6-2, buoyed by the acquisitions of high-priced David Lee and Miami cast-off Dorrell Wright, combined with the super macho backcourt of Monta Ellis and Steph Curry, the GSW’s looked they could score with anybody, and win some games (and new fans) while doing so.
Of course, the injury factor is the ultimate mitigator in all of Pro Sports, and while I took it into account I was still fairly certain this team could at least win 40 games and flirt with the play-offs, provided one of the following tragedies didn’t occur:
A) Don Nelson comes running out of the crowd during a home game and stabs new coach Keith Smart in the chest. Like this. (6:30 in)
B) Former cheapskate team owner Chris Cohan, unaware his players were actually included in the purchase of the team, sells Curry, Ellis and Lee to FENERBACHE ULKER of the Euroleague for a Yacht and One Million Lira.
C) David Lee gets his elbow bitten off by blood-thristy piranhas.
Well, would you believe C actually happened (more or less), the result of a prefect storm of swinging elbow and flailing head combining to provide the flukiest injury in team sports in 2010?
Behold the majesty:
When the dust settled, Chnadler was minus a front toof, and Lee had a souvenir embedded in his arm.
Don’t freak out, that’s not a picture of the initial injury, but rather a fluke infection Lee suffered as result of poor after-care, a condition serious enough to put his season, and possibly his career in jeopardy.
The rest was history, more or less, as the Warriors went onto lose 16 of the next 19 games with Lee either out or playing with one wing, falling to a miserable 9-18 before their recent recovery to a somewhat less ugly 13-21, leaving everyone to wonder what might have been if only David lee wore elbow pads.
And while we’re on the subject, I’ll take mulligan on my glorious predictions for the 2010 Warriors, at least until next year, when hopefully the worst they suffer is your common, household sprained ankles,and sore shoulders.
There is however, a neat irony in all of this. The Knicks, who were basically responsible for the Warriors’ misfortunes went on to win 13 of the next 16 games, subsequently replacing Golden State as the my new crush of 2010.
That said, I’ll be keeping an eye on the Warriors, waiting for the right moment to ask their forgiveness, or whatever.
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